Jerusalem

58°
54° - January
55° - February
61° - March
71° - April
78° - May
83° - June
85° - July
86° - August
83° - September
78° - October
67° - November
58° - December
Dec avg
$192
Avg Hotel
$1,121
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It's a bit of a challenge to describe Jerusalem, because Jerusalem means something different to everyone. One thing is for sure, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more significant, fascinating, or life-changing vacation. Not only does the city's history go back more than 5,000 years, it has incredible meaning for three of the world's main religions. In order to keep the integrity of its history, a wall surrounds most of the ancient sites. Outside of the ancient city, the world begins to move a little faster as modern life keeps Jerusalem constantly growing and innovating. As unique of an experience as it is to tour the 8th century BCE Jewish Quarter, Israel's first mosque, or The Last Supper Room, it's almost equally unique to experience the modern Jerusalem. The nightlife can be glamorous or laidback depending on your taste, and there's no shortage of places to dance. Hip restaurants and cinemas round out the entertainment, making Jerusalem a multi-faceted, once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience.
Photo Credit: Israeli Ministry of Tourism Noam Chen
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
Photo Credit: Jerusalem Board of Tourism
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    The Holy City

    09/30/13
    Jerusalem is one of the most visited places for those who are not just looking for adventures or some place to relax, but also for those who want to add some special experience in their faith. Jerusalem embraces the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions, which are the biggest religions in the world.

    I have always heard about the rivalry among religious groups which would be dangerous for tourists, but I can tell you the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims and the Armenians learned to live together. The old city of Jerusalem is divided in 4 districts or zones, one for each group, so you will be able to safely walk on the streets, visit the shops and absorb what those four cultures have to offer.
    Deyvison

    So much to see in the Old City of Jerusalem

    09/21/13
    A trip to Israel is taking a step back in time. You can experience the old world charm of the Holy City with some modern amenities as well, and don't forget to indulge in the delicious food. For me, just getting lost in Jerusalem was the best itinerary for the day. Wandering within the old city walls, you encounter sites that shaped history and sacred sites for the three major religions of the day, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The western wall is the only remnants of the ancient Jewish temple that existed in Jesus's time. Considered the most holy place in the world accessible to Jewish people, prayers are recited and offered up at this wall built by King Herod in the first century B.C. It is a must for any traveler to Jerusalem. A temporary kipa or head covering is provided for visitors to come and offer their own prayer or desire. Not too far from the western wall is the gold-domed mosque known as the Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock sits on the site believed by Jews to be where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac. It's believed by Muslims to be the site of Muhammad's ascension into heaven. Hairs from their prophet Muhammad's beard are stored on this premise. Unfortunately non-Muslim visitors cannot enter the building as it is one of the holiest places to Islam (third after Mecca and Medina) but the outside is a striking feature of the Old City and a must-see. Exploring the winding back alleys of the Old City, you will feel like you are in Jesus' time.The Christian sites of interest are the tomb of Mary and the Church of the Agony, which is a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Another site to behold outside the old city walls, on the side of the Mount of Olives, there is a multitude of Jewish graves that number as the sands of the sea, dating back to ancient times and further.

    Be sure to plan your trip so as it witness the Jewish holy day. On Friday morning we visited a Jerusalem market, it was a bustling place full of last minute shoppers and vendors hurriedly hocking their wares before sundown and Shabbat, or the start of the Jewish holy sabbath. Jewish tradition observes the sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday night. During this time it prescribes, among others, that no food can be prepared. So the market was a busy place just prior and hours later it was a veritable ghost town. What we didn't know was that after the commencement of Shabbat the entire city virtually shuts down! That means buses and taxi's as well, so plan accordingly.

    The food in Israel was incredible! Falafel is a very popular food in the Middle East and is very common in Israel, where it is regarded as a national food. We ate one every day they were so good and there will be no shortage of good food as you get lost in the old city.

    If you've made it all the way to Jerusalem then a day journey to lowest point on earth is in order. It's called the Dead Sea because it's so salty nothing can live in it. It has the highest salt concentration of any other body of water on earth! Because of the extreme saltiness our bodies are more buoyant in the Dead Sea meaning its virtually impossible to sink. All you can do it sit back and float and we did, don't forget some dead sea mud, they say it has some healing and rejuvenating qualities! The air is extremely dry, and temperatures are high throughout the year one would think a dip in the Dead Sea would be refreshing however the hot salt water and minerals make the water as thick as oil but it's a lot of fun enjoying the natural buoyancy of the sea, and we just floated effortlessly for hours amid the natural healing elements of the world's largest natural spa. Just don't make the same mistake I did. It is hot in the dessert and you might want to put your head under water, don't do it unless you enjoy the searing pain of salt in your eyes! All in all however, the dead sea visit was a memorable highlight of the trip.

    I hope you will love Jerusalem as much as I did!

    -Cody
    Cody

    Simply amazing!

    08/25/13
    Jerusalem is one of the best places I have ever been in my life. The architecture, the cuisine, the culture, the people... Basically you'll fall in love with Jerusalem once you arrive.

    There is a lot of cultural places to go and partying is not left behind either. The food is amazing and one of the most important things: security. You can walk home, or to your hotel, at 03:00AM and nothing will happen.

    If you love adventures, new cultures or even religion; Jerusalem is the place to visit.
    Rodrigo

    Old City of Jerusalem

    This is like stepping back in time. You can walk around and see the architecture that tells about its history. See the Western Wall Tunnels, Tower of David, Jewish quarter, and more! Become engulfed in the culture.
    Cost: Free
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    Garden of Gethsemane

    Just outside the walls of Jerusalem, many people believe this garden is where Jesus often prayed. A religious site that is considered to be sacred to many.
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    Tours

    With so much to see, taking a tour can make your vacation less stressful. There are tons of tours to choose from and so you can be sure to see all that you really want! With knowledgeable guides you are sure to learn more than you could on your own.
    Cost: Varies
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    Planning Tip

    If visiting Jerusalem, you’ll mostly likely fly into Tel Aviv – another Jauntaroo destination. Be sure to check out this incredible city on the Mediterranean Sea.  

    Language

    Hebrew

    Currency

    [ILS] Israeli New Shekels

    Airports

    Ben Gurion International Airport [TLV]